Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||African Americans looking for family|
|Context||Freedom brought the hope that separated family members might be reunited.|
|Audience||The African American community|
|Purpose||To find family members|
One of the cruelest aspects of slavery was the practice of separating family members from each other. Thousands of former slaves took to the roads during and after the Civil War to search for spouses, parents, children, and other relatives whom they had not seen for many years. Others used advertisements to try to locate these people. Although created during Reconstruction, these primary sources also provide information about the nature of slavery.